Among the new Netflix releases arriving on the streamer this week, the Spanish model and actress is perhaps best known to American audiences for her work in the US Fast & Furious Franchise stars in a new action-packed Netflix thriller. Elsa Pataky — the wife of avenger Star Chris Hemsworth – plays an army captain named JJ Collins in the new action-packed film interceptor. It debuts on Friday, June 3, at the end of what appears to be an easy week for new Netflix content on the streaming platform.
The title derives from the fact that the action takes place on a nuclear missile interceptor base in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Pataky’s character gets her job there after being (wrongly) drummed out of her dream job at the Pentagon. “Then, when a simultaneous coordinated attack threatens the base itself,” the Netflix synopsis continues, “‘Collins’ faces the charismatic but crooked Alexander Kessel (Luke Bracey), a former US military intelligence officer with an unthinkable plan to execute.”
Netflix new releases this week
interceptor will basically involve a race against the clock, with Pataky’s character essentially trying to fend off a doomsday scenario. To do this, she must “use her years of tactical training and military expertise to determine who to trust and who can stop Kessel and his covert mercenaries from completing their twisted and terrifying mission.”
Will the critics rave about this film? Probably not. However, it sounds like it would be more in line with the mid-range feature films that Netflix has been producing at a dizzying pace over the past few years – many of which unfortunately quickly fade before they garner much attention.
Part of the problem, if you ask me, stems from the fact that — in the words of Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos in a recent interview he gave The New York Times — Netflix new releases try to offer more or less:
“We code for a lot of different people who have different opinions, different tastes and different styles, and yet we don’t do everything for everyone,” Sarandos said. “We want something for everyone, but not everything will be for everyone.”
floor is lava season 2
Want to see an example of this “Something for everyone” strategy in action? Also on June 3rd is a new season of floor is lava.
This is a reality competition series that’s as silly and straightforward as the name suggests. Its players are confronted with a kind of obstacle course. All they have to do is figure out how to navigate successfully. That is, without submerging in the red-colored liquid (the “lava”) underneath.
Well, look, it takes everything possible to get the streaming world up and running. Which, according to the Netflix playbook, means giving subscribers everything from prestige series like The crown and stranger things to unforgettable reality show tripe like floor is lava (“We want to have something for everyone”).
Borrow: power and glory
Which, by the way, brings us to another new TV show coming to Netflix this week. One that will almost certainly appeal to fans of political drama.
It also joins the somewhat sparse list of new Netflix releases this week Borrow: power and glory. It’s a show that, for the uninitiated, is sort of a Danish version of The western wing.
After watching the previous seasons I can confirm this is an absolute 10/10 series. It’s one that can captivate you fairly easily, despite the language barrier and cultural differences. And that’s partly because when it comes to politics and journalism?
Some things never change.
“Birgitte Nyborg is the newly appointed foreign minister when a drilling company suddenly discovers oil in Greenland,” says Netflix of the series, which is a continuation of Season 3 Borrow. In previous seasons, Birgitte became Denmark’s first female Prime Minister. From office, she took over the leadership of her own political coalition.
Netflix continues, About the discovery of oil: It’s an event that “marks the beginning of an international struggle for power in the Arctic, and one in which the otherwise so experienced politician Nyborg did so despite Denmark’s ‘big brother’ relationship.” With Greenland, when it comes to the international superpowers, Denmark is the small player – and a somewhat stubborn one at that.”
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